Lesley University College of Art & Design

1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lunder Arts Center
Photo: Robert Benson courtesy of Bruner/Cott Architects

Combining the rigor of an independent art school with the resources of a larger university, Lesley University’s College of Art and Design has nurtured the creativity and shaped the careers of artists and designers for 100+ years. With an experimental and interdisciplinary approach, the college emphasizes small class sizes, studio-intensive mentoring, and access to high-profile faculty and visiting artists. Explore our BFA, MFA, and pre-college programs.

DEGREES OFFERED: BA, BS, BFA, MFA
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, NEASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Animation and Motion Media*
Art Education**
Art History*
Design*
Digital Filmmaking*
Fine Arts*

 

Graphic Design*
Illustration*
Interactive Design*
Interdisciplinary Studies*
Photography
Visual Arts**

MINORS OFFERED:

Animation and Motion Media*
Art History*
Book Art*
Design*
Digital Video*

 

Fine Arts*
Illustration*
Installation/Performance*
Photography
Visual Narratives*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
In the foundation year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, students will reap numerous benefits, be immersed in an artistic community, explore areas of study beyond their comfort zone, and integrate those newly developed skills/knowledge into their artistic process.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 24,720
MANDATORY FEES 750
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,500
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 14,830
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 6,725
OTHER 900
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $7,717 97%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 6,005 23%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 1,971 31%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,855 83%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $17,128
98% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 87%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 25%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 435

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 425
PART-TIME 26

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Recommended
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Optional
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Not Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 25

FULL-TIME 22
PART-TIME 76
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
18.77 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
83%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
68%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
58%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
35%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
67% FEMALE
33% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Advanced Professional Certificate
Continuing Education
High School / Pre College Programs
Summer Sessions

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Internship Required
Wide Range of Study Abroad Options
Access through Lesley University to: Academic Support Services, Athletics, Counseling, Health Services, Career Services, and a Multitude of Student Activities and Community Service Programs

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).